It’s been two weeks since Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Number 12 expose was released.
Now the Former Ghana Football Association (GFA) President and Confederation of African Football (CAF) Vice President Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi has released a nine(9) page statement reacting to some of the daring allegations that were levelled against him in the video.
In the Introduction to the Press Statement, Mr Nyantakyi stated that he doesn’t support corruption in any way. He also threw shade at the authenticity of the investigation.
“From the outset, let me state that I do not support corruption in any form. It is counterproductive and undermines the credibility of any endeavour.
In the same vein, I will condemn any premeditated and deliberately contrived scheme as well as any prejudicial piece of work undertaken under the guise of fighting corruption only for purposes of pursuing the private agenda of people intended to tarnish my reputation and cause disaffection for me among members of the general public,” he said.
He rendered an unqualified apology to the President of Ghana, Vice President, other Senior Ministers and other distinguished personalities.
I wish to first and foremost render an unqualified apology to the following very distinguished personalities. They are;
- H.E. the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana.
- H.E the former President of the Republic of Ghana.
- iv. Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State.
- Senior Government Officials.
- Members of the NPP and NDC, and
- The Football Family.
I owe them my deepest apologies because, in my interaction with the supposed Sheikh from Qatar and his agents, I made comments that were not responsible having regard to my stature and experience,” he stated.
He also stated some facts debunking the alleged $65,000 that he reportedly received from the said Sheikh Al-Thani of Qatar (sheikh).
He claimed that the supposed money was rather for his transportation and accommodation for his trip to Dubai. He, therefore, challenged Anas to provide all the raw footages of the investigation to enhance further investigation by the police.
See also: #Number12: Too Much Greed In One Man
Read an excerpt of his statement below:
From voice-over commentaries on the video, I was reported to have accepted
$65,000 in banknotes in October 2017 from a man claiming to be a member of the Qatari Royal Family (the Sheikh) who told me “that the money was for shopping” and that I then thanked the said man, “placed the banknotes into a black plastic bag” but “failed to report this large gift to the GFA” I vehemently deny the same, and wish to state that;
- it is completely false that I received $65,000 from a person claiming to be a member of the Qatari Royal Family.
- It is also completely false that at the time the money was handed to me, I was informed “that the money was for shopping”.
iii In the context of (ii) above, it is therefore false that I was handed a “large gift”.
I have already dealt with the circumstances under which I received the money from the Sheikh. Of key significance, however, is the allegation that I received the sum of $65,000.
Travel expenses for the three (3) trips came up to $61,000.00 the breakdown of which is as follows:
- Cost of air ticket for two (2) trips, board and lodging -$10,000.00
- Cost of first-class air tickets for three others -$26,000.00
III. Cost of board and lodging for the three others at Burj Arab Hotel Dubai for five days -$25,000.00
Total cost= $61,000.00
I was handed the sum of $40.000 only in eight (8) bundles of US$ 50 banknotes but not $65,000 which both I and the Sheikh’s agent understood to be reimbursement for the travel costs incurred by me, at the Sheikh’s request. It is very easy to confirm how much was given to me from the videotapes. The money was exposed before I was tricked to put in the bag personally.
A critical review of the video clip will reveal that when the money was handed to me, there was no mention of shopping. A different video has a voice emerging from a faceless speaker saying “shopping for now”. This insertion of an overriding voice was clearly an afterthought.
Based on the agreement with Suale, the $40,000 was a refund and not a gift or bribe. It’s disingenuous to purport to donate a gift when the donor owes a lawful debt for cost of travels.
The question that beats my mind is why Tiger Eye lied about the amount of money given to me. Why was the viewing public not allowed to perceive what they saw and heard on the video themselves? Why run commentaries to deceive the viewing public?
In conclusion, Mr. Nyantakyi also alleged that he was blackmailed with an amount of $150k, to halt the release of the video.
Let me also confirm that there was a demand on me through a third party to part with $150k for Anas to drop the videos on me. I didn’t have the said amount of money to meet his demand.
The ball is in your court now, what do you think about the press release by Mr. Nyantakyi. He has brought his side of the story. After punching holes into the evidence by Anas and Tiger Eye PI how credible is the evidence of Anas now?